NEW YORK (AP) _ A doctor authorities say was trying to forcibly abort a woman’s pregnancy with a bizarre syringe attack was arraigned Sunday on charges of assault, abortion and criminal possession of a weapon.
Dr. Stephen Pack, 44, a resident of the posh Westchester County community of Chappaqua, reportedly had been romantically involved with the woman, a nurse. He was held on $100,000 bond after arraignment before Criminal Court Judge Robert Seewald on Sunday.
The 31-year-old woman suffered five stab wounds to the leg and one to the buttocks in the attack outside Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx on Friday. She was admitted to the hospital in stable condition.
According to a complaint filed by the Bronx district attorney’s office, Pack shouted ``I’m giving you an abortion!″ as he struggled with the woman and forced her to the ground near the hospital’s parking garage He was arrested minutes later.
Andrew Rubin, Pack’s attorney, said that after the attack, Pack did not try to flee or discard the needle. Instead, he walked into North Bronx Central Hospital, next door to Montefiore, where ``he deposited the syringe in a copper receptacle that is used for that purpose, and told people what he’d done,″ then waited for authorities.
Rubin said the doctor had been ``showing certain symptoms of depression″ recently.
He said the charge of abortion in the second degree is an obscure and seldom-used statute covering an illegal attempt by a pregnant woman or by another party to force a miscarriage. ``It’s the first time I’ve ever seen it,″ Rubin said of the law.
Pack is married and the syringe attack apparently was his attempt to abort the 6- to 8-week-old fetus by injecting the woman with a fluid, believed to be methotrexate, a drug used to induce labor or an abortion, the complaint said.
The New York Post reported that the woman was undergoing treatment to counteract the drug. While her life was not in danger, the effect on the fetus was unknown, the Post said. Rubin said he understood she was stable and under observation.